Beautiful Game Played With Gaucho Flair in Southern Brazil

People in the southern region of Brazil, including Porto Alegre, are not sure the national team has what it takes to win its sixth FIFA World Cup title. They have their own fiery brand of football quite missing from what the Brazilian team has.

updated: June 21, 2014 09:37 IST
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For the love of the game: Not everyone in Brazil expects the national team to win. The outcome though won't affect their love affair with football.


Porto Alegre: "Tell me how you play, and I will tell you who you are."

It is one of soccer's great truisms, and nowhere does it have more meaning than in Brazil, where soccer is widely thought to articulate the country's sense of self.

When the country won its third World Cup in 1970, the Jornal do Brasil asserted that "Brazil's victory with the ball compares with the conquest of the moon by the Americans." Overnight, the country was no longer recognized for its Carnival but for its soccer. Brazil had found its place in the world.

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